If you spend a great deal of time outdoors, you are at a higher risk of developing pterygium, commonly called surfer’s eye. It can begin as a white or pink-colored bump on the white of your eyes (sclera) that progressively grows over the surface of the cornea. Pterygium cause irritation, are unsightly, and can lead to permanent visual loss if left untreated.

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Having practiced near the California coast since 1998, Dr. Pendleton is extremely familiar with pterygium treatments.

Symptoms of Pterygium

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Feeling of something foreign in the eye
  • Blurred vision

Pterygium Treatments

  • Medicated or lubricating eye drops
  • Surgical removal in more serious cases

Simple excision is NOT recommended as it leads to rapid recurrence in a much as 30% of cases.  The recommended surgical technique utilizes transplantation of healthy conjunctival tissue (allograft transplantation) which reduces the recurrence rate to less than 5%. Amniotic membrane grafting is also possible, but less effective than allograft transplantation.

To learn more about pterygium treatments in Carlsbad, California, contact us today.